Now is the right time to become an American Federation of Musicians member. From ragtime to rap, from the early phonograph to today's digital recordings, the AFM has been there for its members. And now there are more benefits available to AFM members than ever before, including a multi-million dollar pension fund, excellent contract protection, instrument and travelers insurance, work referral programs and access to licensed booking agents to keep you working.

As an AFM member, you are part of a membership of more than 80,000 musicians. Experience has proven that collective activity on behalf of individuals with similar interests is the most effective way to achieve a goal. The AFM can negotiate agreements and administer contracts, procure valuable benefits and achieve legislative goals. A single musician has no such power.

The AFM has a proud history of managing change rather than being victimized by it. We find strength in adversity, and when the going gets tough, we get creative - all on your behalf.

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Super Switcher

Tired of “tap dancing” around your pedal board? In effect, Super Switcher moves all of your pedals to your pedal board’s front row and lets you control them with one button push.

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Jesse Kinch, I’m Not Like Everybody Else

Local 47 (Los Angeles, CA) member Jesse Kinch first picked up a guitar at age six and began to learn the classic rock songs of the 1970s and 1980s. He debuted his act at a New York City rock club at age seven.

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ROPA Notes Busy Start to 2019

The 36th ROPA Conference will be held this summer in Boston, Massachusetts, July 28-30. There will be a negotiations workshop Saturday, July 27, for orchestras negotiating new CBAs in the current and coming year.

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Unis, pour le meilleur et pour le pire

To view this article in English, click here. par Alan Willaert, vice-président de la FAM pour le Canada Toute bonne chose a une fin, même pour les groupes de musique. Ils sont victimes du changement, que celui-ci soit externe, interne ou personnel. Même les Beatles n’y ont pas échappé. Lorsque des musiciens décident de former […]

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Philadelphia Orchestra Settles New Contract Early

For the first time in its history, The Philadelphia Orchestra musicians and management agreed to a new contract ahead of the deadline, which was September 16.

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D’Addario’s NS Micro Headstock Tuner

NS Micro Headstock tuner is a tiny yet full-featured tuner. It grips gently, but securely, to any headstock and can be perfectly positioned thanks to 360-degree rotation and 90-degree screen orientation options.

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Western Conference

The 2019 Western Conference Executive Board (L to R) are: AFM International Vice President Bruce Fife administering the oath of office to Western Conference President Rachel Dorfman of Local 105 (Spokane, WA), First Vice President Doug Robinson of Local 586 (Phoenix, AZ), Second Vice President Mont Chris Hubbard of Local 99 (Portland, OR), Third Vice President David Brown of Local 145 (Vancouver, BC), Fourth Vice President Michael Allen of Local 20-623 (Denver, CO), and Secretary-Treasurer Tammy Noreyko of Local 7 (Orange County, CA).

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Jazz Piano Scales and Exercises

Local 802 (New York City) member Lee Evans is an acclaimed educator, performer, and composer. His Jazz Piano Scales and Exercises presents an interesting way to practice patterns and etudes while learning jazz.

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Chicago Symphony Orchestra Goes On Strike

At odds with management over salary and pension issues, musicians of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO), members of Local 10-208 (Chicago, IL) went on strike at midnight, March 11.

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Klezmer Flute Duets

For Klezmer Flute Duets, Michael Lösch has selected eight pieces from the huge repertoire of old, traditional pieces, plus five of his own compositions that were inspired by traditional klezmer music.

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